Canada Lecture 2016: CRRF convening four universities to discuss unity and diversity on campus

TORONTO, March 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is bringing together the university community from coast to coast on March 21, in a discussion on diversity and unity on campus.  

The CRRF's annual Canada Lecture, which this year coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, will be a cross-country live-broadcast featuring four presentations from academics from the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa, Mount Saint Vincent University and the Université de Moncton.

The event is part of the CRRF's ongoing commitment to raise awareness and understanding of critical issues related to racial discrimination, and to develop approaches to harmonious race relations.

"The CRRF brings to all Canadians the promise to work towards a society that ensures equality and dignity for all, regardless of race, religion, colour or ethnic origin," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. "The need to bring communities together in dialogue based on social inclusion and unity remains essential as the country's population becomes increasingly diverse."

The presentations, which will publicly available via live stream, will focus on the four following themes: collaboration and innovation through dialogue; overcoming boundaries and reinforcing belonging; structural challenges facing interlinguistic relations; and building community on diverse campuses. The lectures will be followed by live discussions that will convene students and faculty from all four universities.

"Universities have a vital role to play in exploring Canadian identity while building on unity, in order to build a stronger Canada," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "The theme for this year's event will allow students and academics to share their views and experiences related to Canadian identity, citizenship, and the challenges in eliminating racism with the broader community."

Following the Canada Lecture, students will have the opportunity to submit papers on the topics discussed at the event, which will be published in the CRRF's December 2016 edition of its academic journal, Directions. These topics will also be explored further at the CRRF's National Conference in October 2016.

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony and dignity for all Canadians. The CRRF does this by providing independent, outspoken national leadership, informing national policies and public conversation, and acting as a resource and facilitator.

SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation

For further information: Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF, 1-888-240-4936


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